Anatomy of a Land Claim: How Settlers Acquired Land in Redmond - Experience Redmond
Experience Redmond, Washington
Experience Redmond, Washington

Anatomy of a Land Claim: How Settlers Acquired Land in Redmond

Feb 09

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Anatomy of a Land Claim: How Settlers Acquired Land in Redmond

Redmond Senior Center
8703 160th Ave NE
Redmond, Washington 98052


We know our early settlers claimed land between the early 1870s to the late 1890s, in Redmond, but ever wonder how the land claim process worked?

  • What did settlers like Warren Perrigo and Luke McRedmond have to do to get the land? Were there different ways to get land under federal law? Could settlers have more than one claim? What were the costs? Not everyone who claimed land was a homesteader, as we know the use of the term today.

In this presentation, we explore the development of land laws—from the Land Ordinance of 1785 that set up the public land survey system to the Homestead Act of 1862. We look at the Land Act of 1820, which came about as the result of a declaration of peace between Great Britain and France in 1819. We also step through the homestead file of Luke McRedmond to see what documentation was required, and the process for “proving” or obtaining a title to a homestead land claim.

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